Wednesday, 30 June 2021

The Second Part Of Our Trip,

to the British Museum posted,


on to yesterday, I had an appointment at the dentist, to put back one of my front teeth that had fallen out over the weekend, loosing any teeth is bad enough, but when it is one of the two front ones, it looked so awful when I smiled,

so off through the park to the bus stop,

on the way I noticed at the front of this house the lavender were in flower, so maybe on Diana's day off next week a trip the lavender farm, weather permitting that is,

past Foxgrove Lodge,

and the screen on the green, put there for Wimbledon I guess, lots of deckchairs to lounge on, and a mobile bar, just a pity it had started to rain,

I waited at the 227 stop by the church,

and was soon at the dentist, £28.80 later and I was on my way home, the pesky crown stuck back in place, at least I can now smile without scaring everyone with a spine chilling leer,

back home past the rear of the church,

and its graveyard,

this tomb looks like it is sinking, but then I guess it has been here a hundred years or more,

arriving at Foxgrove Lodge, there was a riot of red flowers in the front garden,

it looked like I had arrived in the park just in time to miss the next shower,

in the early evening after my evening meal Diana called, so off to the bus stop and back home, where conveniently a New Tricks had just started, after that we watched a fascinating documentary about a new tomb in Egypt that was discovered with a unique mummy inside of it, as we had just returned the day before from seeing some in the British Museum we both found this so interesting, with the end of that we were off to bed.


Continuing Our Visit,

to the British Museum,


we made our way into the Waddesdon Bequest gallery, a collection of nearly 300 objects left to the Museum in 1898 by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, the Waddesdon Bequest consists of exceptionally important and beautiful medieval and Renaissance pieces, as well as a number of 19th-century fakes. Together, they paint a fascinating picture of the development of the art market in the late 19th century,

so many beautiful objects to look at, like these the Ulm Book Covers,

everywhere we looked there were glittering jewels,

 and the works of master craftsmen,

like this opal glass beaker, what gives the beaker its opal look is the fact that traces of arsenic are used in its manufacture, it was made on the estate of Count Buquay in the Czech Republic in about 1680,

 Diana was looking at some of the jewels,

like these, from left to right, The Adoration of the Magi, Three Cardinal Virtues, The Annunciation, none of these look as good in the photograph as they do when in the museum,

Diana looking at me as I am looking at her, through a all glass display case,

not only gold and jewels are in the collection,

there are decorative plates, like this one depicting a vision of the future from the Book of Revelations from the Bible,

what makes some of these so unique is that even the backs of the dishes are decorated, like this one, painted copper on enamel, Limoges, made about 1580,

looking at these the vase on the left caught my eye,

why? because we had visited the area where it was made in Venice, the island of Murano, way back in March 2018, this piece is called the Deblin cup, and was made in the period of 1450 -1500,

and this I recognised immediately, or at least a half of it, it is a half of a coco de mer, it was formed from half of a double coconut palm from the Seychelles, East Indian Ocean, ‘Sea nuts’ were brought to Europe by the Portuguese from the 1550s and were valued as antidotes to poison. They quickly found their way into court collections. The Rothschilds may have added the figure of Jupiter before 1866 to ‘improve’ the object for display, this object was collected by Anselm von Rothschild and bequeathed to the British Museum by Ferdinand Anselm Rothschild,

our next port of call was the gift shop,

where silks, jewellery and books are amongst many other gifts that were on display,

some are not the usual run of gifts,

like these,

two glass domes,

by Bombki, displaying items found both in London and the British Museum, made of painted glass they were designed in the UK and produced in Poland, yours for £55 per set,

I tried to buy Diana a gift as a birthday present,

but nothing could tempt her,

we left the shop and made our way to the auditorium,

Diana waited whilst I made a donation, there is no entrance fee to the museum, it is all free except some of the changing monthly exhibitions, you do not have to donate, but we did,

the floor plan,

these are the exhibitions you have to be a member of to visit,

outside,

and time for a few poses,

now looking dry,

a pose from Diana,

Ah! one from us,

well I had to have one of me!

and another of Diana,

we crossed the road outside,

and passed a gift shop,

where if you look carefully you can buy your very own full size mummy!

now this is more my kind of shop,

selling old and antique coins,

we made our way,

to the Bloomsbury Hotel, only to find it was the wrong Bloomsbury!

we walked around the corner,

and followed the signpost,

and entered The Coral Room,

we had booked an afternoon cream tea,

we made our way through the cocktail bar,

which was very nicely furnished,

to the terrace,

I decided on a glass of Mo√ęt,

as well as the cream tea,

our sandwiches, scones and cakes arrived,

and nice they looked too,

but one thing was lacking,

a nice backdrop,

so a change of table,

and all was even better than before,

sandwiches, scones, fresh cream, raspberry jam and what a appetizing selection of cakes,

and many thanks to this gentleman for changing our table,

then a surprise, a Happy Birthday cake,

what a nice touch,

Diana made a short video of her cake, if you fancy a afternoon tea yourself, the bill came to £95.00 for the two of us, 

we were so full, after arriving home it was feet up for a Lewis, a New Tricks and then for us we were off to bed.